2010 Virtual Advent Tour: The Magic of Christmas

December 2, 2010 Bookish Chatter 30


I’m so excited to be able to participate in the Virtual Advent tour again this year. Here’s a bit of history about the tour: 

Kailana from The Written World and Marg from Adventures of an Intrepid Reader are hosting the tour for the fifth year.

The Virtual Advent tour first started when they pondered why should the kids get all the fun of opening a box on the advent calendar and finding a treat in there, and how could we have some blogging fun with a similar concept? And so the Virtual Advent Tour was created! 

Last year, I wrote about my favorite Christmas memory: when my husband John & I got married.  This year, I was planning on doing a review of a Christmas book, but changed my mind after having a discussion about the magic of Christmas with my eleven-year-old son, John. 

Many of John’s friends no longer believe in Santa. This concept devastated John.  When he asked me if Santa was real, I told him the truth: Santa is part of the magic of Christmas.  This discussion made me think about just how magical this season is and I started creating in my mind a list of things I love about this season.  So…without further ado: 

1. SNOW! I can’t help it, I love snow.  I lived the majority of my adolescence in the Chicago area.  You can’t avoid snow there.  Snow makes me happy, it brings out the child in me.  And yes, I can still love snow, even after the Snowpocalypse that hit us last year! 

2. The coming together of family.  Family is of utmost importance to me.  I don’t always get to see my family as often as I’d like, but I can be sure to be able to spend time with my family this time of year. 

3. Seeing Christmas through the eyes of my boys.  They are so excited about Christmas and not just because they get presents.  We all love to watch the classic Christmas movies together & read Christmas books every evening.  Christmas adds a sparkle to the eyes of all children, no matter the age. 

4. COOKIES!! Christmas cookies are a big deal in our house. It has become a tradition for the boys to bake Christmas cookies with my mother, a tradition that I hope continues for some time. 

5. Celebrating my anniversary with my husband.  This day that forever changed my world is celebrated during my favorite season of the year. I think it’s very fitting!  When we got married I worried that our anniversary would be forgotten in the hustle & bustle of the season.  My husband, the amazing man he is, never lets that happen.  We plan a night out together every year, no matter how busy we are, to celebrate the life we have created together. 

So there you have it! The top 5 things I love about this season!  Be sure to check out the Virtual Advent Tour blog for posts throughout this month! Happy Holidays!

30 Responses to “2010 Virtual Advent Tour: The Magic of Christmas”

  1. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Awww — your number 5 made my eyes well up! You have a winner of husband and super kids. I’m sure celebrating the life you’ve made together adds so much to the season.

  2. Jen Forbus
    Twitter: jenforbus

    Oh, I so love this season, too. I could do without the snow, however! :-) Your reasons are wonderful. So much fun. I babysat my niece and nephew last night and they were so excited to show me their trees – they each have a small 3′ tree in their bedrooms. I donated my Disney ornaments to help them decorate their trees, so they were itching to show me their masterpieces. Christmas through the eyes of children is magical. I wish more adults remembered that feeling.

  3. Denise

    I love your list but do not love snow. I live in the Chicago area now, after spending most of my life in the warm south – or in the very very warm south seas. The Chicago weather … I hate it and have to really work at staying positive, particularly around Christmas when the snow is still relatively new for the year.

  4. Cindy (cindy's Love of Books)

    I loved your list Jenn especially number 3. I love seeing Michael’s face on Christmas day. He has also been asking me about Santa and if he is real because kids in his class (grade 2) are saying there is no such thing. They grow to fast, I was hoping to get some more time out of it.

  5. Caitie F
    Twitter: caitief

    I love your list, especially numbers 1-5! :-D. Wonderful husbands are the best things in the world – I love that so many people are convinced that they have the best spouse in the world. It shows that they found the right one!

    I like how you explained Santa – that he is part of the “magic”. I get annoyed when people said it is a lie and a horrible thing to do. I really think it adds more magic and fun to the holidays!

  6. kaye

    I agree, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. And I loved your top 5–I would list them as my top five too. My husband and I celebrate our anniversary in November right before Thanksgiving.

  7. sprite

    Great list! I love the snow, too. I just wish we could get it to order during the holiday season! (Last year’s December storms were lovely but such an anomaly from the normal D.C. Christmas season…)

  8. Kailana

    What a great idea for a post! It’s always so sad when children stop believing in Santa. Some parents tell their children really early nowadays…. I know this kid that knew well before he was 10 and then all the kids in his class still believed until he started saying, well, my mommy said… It’s terrible! I think parents should let their children believe in the magic as long as possible! I still wish I did sometimes!

    Thanks for joining in with the tour again this year! Merry Christmas!

  9. Marg
    Twitter: Margreads

    What fabulous reasons for loving Christmas.

    I must admit that I would love to have a really snowy Christmas just once. When I lived in the UK we had snow flurries one year, but that’s as close as it got. We are more likely to be looking for the nearest air conditioner or pool!

    Thank you for joining the tour again and for sharing your reasons for loving this season!

  10. Jennie Marsland

    Hi Jenn, nice to meet you! I’m just checking out the Advent Tour and came to your blog. I love your list. My own would be as follows:

    1. Food. I love the flavors of the season, savory and sweet, especially sharing them with family and friends.
    2. Music. It isn’t Christmas if I don’t take in a few concerts.
    3. Christmas trees. Trimming ours with a mixture of home-made and collected ornaments is a highlight for me. I can spend hours gazing at it.
    4. Snow. We don’t always have a green Christmas in Nova Scotia where I live, but it’s disappointing when we don’t.
    5. Not working! It’s a treat to have a few days off.

  11. Margot
    Twitter: joyfullyretired

    What a wonderful list. I’m with Candice – I got teary-eyed on #5 also. Just the way you said “to celebrate the life we have created together.” It ties right back into the first Christmas. Beautifully said.

  12. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith

    In Mississippi we very seldom have a white Christmas…but when it snows, adults and children alike act like little children. We love it so much though because we don’t have to deal with it all the time…
    COOKIES are one of our favorite traditions as well…I love love love making cookies with my girls!
    Great list! and Happy Holidays!

  13. Jane of Australia

    Cookies are a grea way to share the joy of Christmas.
    Since we are having a cool time of it down here, instead of the sweltering heat and endless need to swim I am thinking of making cookies for my neghbours to get to know them

    at least to say hi.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  14. Leslie
    Twitter: undermyappletre

    Great list but I’ll skip the snow too. I’ve lived in the Chicago area all my life and I’ve never gotten used to it. Too cold and messy.

  15. GeraniumCat
    Twitter: geraniumcat

    Lovely to have your anniversary during the Christmas season – ours is at Hallowe’en, which is a bit strange (but sometimes fun). And it’s now a week since we’ve been able to get out, so I’ll skip the snow too, thanks :-)

  16. Caroline

    I love snow. Makes the world look so enchanted. We don’t have a lot of snow in Switzerland (true, only in the mountains). We have snow this year. It my young cats first snow. the love it. I have no chiildren but i always thought it must be nice to see their joy.

  17. Judy Schu

    I also hope to continue the tradition of making cookies with the boys for a long time. Every year our plans come together a little differently, but the love of our Lord, the family, and the community at large is shared in making memories and having some special moments. Your list warms me inside…I see our traditions are being carried on along with new traditions you have started with your boys (John included). I can attest to your joy of the holiday as a child . I don’t miss your awakening of the family long before daylight on Christmas morning but I enjoy your dealing with boys who DO want to get up early.

  18. LifetimeReader
    Twitter: LifetimeReader

    Lovely reasons to enjoy the season. I especially like that it is your anniversary! (Our dating anniversary is on Halloween–which always makes for a very funny evening of champagne drinking while in costume handing out candy.)

  19. Michelle

    I can do without the snow for the most part but admit it does make it feel more like Christmas when it’s around. LOL These are all wonderful reasons to enjoy the holiday and reasons I share!

  20. Aaron Vincent

    I agree with you, there’s just so much magic on Christmas. It’s one time in a year when we’re able to step into a world that sometimes we only get to see in fiction. Everyone — young and old– just believes in this Christmas magic and that makes it more wonderful. Happy Holidays, Jenn! :)

  21. boliyou
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/iheartrhody

    What a great list! I’d add the lights. I just love the holiday lights – menorahs, Christmas lights, candles in windows. Thanks for taking part and getting us ready for the season!